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Theodorist Party of Überstadt
|Theodorist Party of Überstadt|
|Leader||Prince Aaron of Überstadt|
|Founded||2 September 2013|
|Ideology||Democratic Theodorism, left-wing nationalism, Monarchism|
|Official colours||Red and purple|
|Seats in Parliament|
The Theodorist Party of Überstadt is the dominant political party in Überstadt, whose membership amounts to a third of all citizens and half of all residents. It was co-founded on 2 September 2013 by Prince Aaron, formerly Renaissance Party leader, and King Adam, who had never previously been a member of an Überstadti party. Adam was chosen as party leader the day of foundation, later resigning in favor of Prince Aaron. The Theodorist Party advocates a form of Theodorism originating in Überstadt called democratic Theodorism.
King Adam had hinted at consideration of advocating Theodorism in Überstadt since June 2013, attracted to the idea of making a socialist Überstadt while maintaining the monarchy. He began to openly advocate this position the following month, gaining support from monarchists from the center and left of national politics. The party was founded by he and Prince Aaron, then the Renaissance Prime Minister, on 2 September, adopting an official party platform in support of the king's democratic Theodorism the same day. All three current party members joined that day, growing within a few hours to the size of the Cat Party at its largest.
On 5 September, the body of the party formed the Convention for a Theodorist Constitution. The Convention, which remains convened, aims to draft a constitution which would the party's ideological goals if passed by referendum.
On 20 January 2014, King Adam resigned as party leader, saying that he did not truly believe in the Theodorist ideology, but would remain a party member. Prince Aaron succeeded him in the leadership of the party.
The Theodorist Party of Überstadt espouses a form of Theodorism proposed by Adam I of Überstadt called democratic Theodorism, so called because it places an emphasis on socialism as radical democracy rather than viewing socialism and democracy as separate, sometimes conflicting forces, as portrayed in orthodox Theodorist literature. Workers' self-management, democratic control of the economy, and the establishment of direct democracy in Überstadt- called a "Parliament of all citizens"- are all advocated as a result of this paradigm. The complete collectivization of the means of production is a high-level party goal, although the preservation of private ownership of things such as a home and personal possessions is seen as something to preserve, similar to tenets of libertarian socialism.
The Leader of the Theodorist Party is Adam, King of Überstadt. Because the monarchy has been involved in legislation since February 2013, the stigma against royal participation in politics that once existed in Überstadt has dissipated, and a politically neutral monarch is not seen as a necessity, especially since such a large portion of the population supports the party. Party decisions are made by a majority vote, with the leader seen mainly as a figurehead of the democratic revolution among Überstadti leftists. The leader does fill the functional roles of party spokesman, secretary, whip, and moderator during the decision-making process. The Deputy Leader, currently Prince Aaron, fulfills these tasks when the king is unable.
There are currently two members of the party, including two Rosewood residents, making the Theodorist Party the faction of choice for two thirds of all citizens and half of all residents.
Two of Parliament's five seats are held by the Theodorist Party, and along with it the premiership. Two of the three ministerial positions are held by members of the party.
King Adam and the party
King Adam was a founder of the Theodorist Party and remained its leader until late January 2014. Party policy is influenced by his theoretical model of democratic Theodorism. Despite this, the King asserts he is not a Theodorist. He has said that he supports socialist monarchy in Überstadt, and only worked with Theodorism to provide a philosophical basis for a change in government structure.